Cafe Europa, located on a terrace protected by an enormous tree, is one of those hip, popular spots in Tel-Aviv. The counter sets off an open kitchen, making it easy to chat with the cooks, and creating a friendly atmosphere. Here, the barman runs the show, concocting a wide choice of cocktails, more typical of a bar than a restaurant. The starters are all very appealing including the grilled asparagus with poached egg, the artichoke carpaccio with parmesan shavings, the sashimi salad, the tuna tartar, and the signature starter: nicoise bruschetta with barely seared tuna, which is so good we order a second one! The fish is cooked immediately as we watch. For dessert, it’s a tie between the excellent crème brûlée and the old-fashioned hot and crispy churros served with pots of speculos cream and Nutella. It leaves us licking our fingers! This is a very good restaurant indeed serving an extremely pleasurable meal from start to finish. You feel the influence of the obviously talented chef who knows how to surprise with a new slant on traditional dishes and reinvented forgotten recipes.